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Animal Identification Certificate

The state of Missouri is home to thousands of species of animals. Gain a greater understanding of the basic functions and biological makeups of species found in our region through the University of Central Missouri’s Animal Identification certificate. 

Designed for those who want to work in nature education and outreach, our Animal Identification certificate introduces you to the wildlife that live among us — the amphibians and fish in the Mississippi River, the insects and mammals that inhabit our prairies and forests and the birds that fly in our skies. You’ll gain a strong foundation that will help you inform and educate others about the animals around us.

An Animal Identification certificate that pairs well with any major

Gain added expertise in just five classes with UCM’s Animal Identification certificate. Take coursework in person on our Warrensburg campus and prepare for a range of careers in animal science, biology and more.

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5 classes to achieve certificate

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Lab and field work opportunities

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Hybrid classes available

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Electives to tailor your certificate


What you will study

Through UCM’s Animal Identification certificate, you’ll learn and develop sampling, monitoring and assessment procedures that help you to easily identify species. Explore and expand your knowledge of various species through coursework in:

  • Animal Biology
  • Entomology
  • Herpetology
  • Ichthyology
  • Ornithology
  • Mammalogy

You’ll gain a broad-based education that will help you to succeed in careers as diverse as the species around us.


Excellence in Animal Identification 

  • A Best Value College for Biological & Biomedical Sciences (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in animal identification

From educators to park rangers, many careers in Missouri and beyond can benefit from learning about various animal species. That’s why our Animal Identification certificate is designed to ensure you can tailor it to your professional goals and passions.

Your field work and lab experiences in UCM’s Animal Identification courses will help you put your learning into action. You’ll also be able to take your learning beyond your studies through:

  • Student organizations: With more than 185 clubs and organizations to choose from, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get involved beyond your coursework and labs. Our Animal Identification students frequently take part in UCM’s chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the Wildlife Society, where you’ll connect and collaborate with your fellow classmates and learn more about species in our area.
  • Internships: Gain added experience beyond your Animal Identification certificate by pursuing an internship. UCM faculty have long-standing relationships with the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Department of Natural Resources, and corporations and nonprofits, among others. Internships and research projects with these potential employers can help you build essential professional relationships.


What can you do with an Animal Identification certificate from UCM?

UCM’s Animal Identification certificate program prepares you for careers with the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation. Our graduates also work with environmental monitoring companies, teach biology and wildlife in schools and own land management and consulting businesses.

Gain added expertise to set you up for success

Adding an Animal Identification certificate to your resume prepares you to pursue careers in a number of fields. Use our interactive tool below to explore career options, salary expectations and more.




Financial assistance options for Animal Identification students

You’ll find many ways to finance your college education at the University of Central Missouri. If you pair your undergraduate certificate with a bachelor’s degree, you may qualify for general university scholarships, program-specific awards and other funding opportunities.

Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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